Syracuse University in Los Angeles Sponsors ‘Wild’ Special Screening
A special screening of “Wild,” a movie starring Academy Award-winner Reese Witherspoon, based on the New York Times bestseller by Cheryl Strayed G’02, was held Nov. 20 at TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Los Angeles. More than 200 people attended the event, including Syracuse University alumni, students in the SU in LA semester, parents of current L.A. students, faculty and friends of the University. Following the screening was a Q&A session, moderated by Jenelle Riley, deputy awards and features editor at Variety. Panelists were:
- Strayed, the bestselling author of “Tiny Beautiful Things,” and the novel “Torch,” in addition to “Wild.” Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue and Salon. She has contributed to many anthologies, and her books have been translated into more than 30 languages. Strayed earned a master’s degree in fiction writing from the College of Arts and Sciences;
- Nick Eversham, an up-and-coming actor who plays a young hiker Witherspoon encounters during her solo trek across the Pacific Crest Trail in “Wild;”
- Nancy Haecker ’91, a location manager who has worked on everything from major feature films, including “The Postman,” “Into the Wild,” “The Judge,” and “8 Mile” to small independent films, television and commercials. She is president of the Location Managers Guild of America; and
- David Rubin, a casting director who has assembled the casts for such films as “The English Patient,” “The War of the Roses” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” He is the casting consultant for HBO and chairman of the casting directors branch at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
“We are excited to be able to offer our students and alumni these wonderful opportunities to meet and learn from such accomplished professionals,” says Joan Adler, assistant vice president of Regional Programs/Los Angeles. “After the screening, the moderator and panelists stayed to talk with members of the audience. Cheryl Strayed stayed even longer, posing for photos, signing books and chatting with our students, alumni and guests.”
Those attending also had a chance to meet and mingle at a pre-screening reception, and viewed a short video about Syracuse University’s Creative Writing Program by John Craddock, director of Mediaworks in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
“Wild” opens on Dec. 5.